When it comes to finding ways to save money people often think about cutting their food budgets or saving money on laundry soap. The truth is more of your money goes to little things like cleaning your house than you may realize. With a few simple changes, you can save money on cleaning your home without sacrificing time, energy, or how clean your home is.
Not diluting your cleaners
Most cleaners are either highly diluted or tightly concentrated. Diluting your cleaning supplies allows you to get more use from your cleaners without sacrificing any of the cleaning power. While this is not recommended for things like window cleaners it can be perfect for general-purpose cleaners. You can even buy some of your favorite cleaners like Lysol in concentrated bottles sold specifically for diluting. Most people do not read the bottle and just use it as is waiting a lot of money in the process.
Buying more expensive cleaners
When it comes to saving money a great place you can do so is on your cleaning supplies. You do not have to spend an arm and a leg to get quality cleaners. In fact, many of the off-brand products are made by the same companies that make the name brands. Save money by giving generic brand cleaning supplies a try.
If you have a dollar store nearby and have given the cleaning supplies a try you may have seen a cleaner called L.A.’s Totally awesome. This inexpensive cleaner ranges from $1 to $3 for a container can clean just about anything and because like most cleaners, it is best diluted you can really get your money’s worth from this cleaner. I also make disinfecting floor cleaner with only 2 ingredients.
Rushing through cleaning
It makes sense to want to get your cleaning done as fast as possible and move on with your life. After all the more time you spend cleaning the less time you have to enjoy the things you like in life. But this can backfire fairly easily. Some cleaners need to sit while you clean and rushing can leave you needing to use more cleaner and more scrubbing power to get things clean. When cleaning surfaces that have stuck on messes, countertops, and your tub/shower spray your cleaner on the surface then walk away, and go clean something else while it sits to make the most of your time. This will make cleaning easier and use less cleaner, saving you money in the long run. This is particularly important for disinfectants and foaming cleaners.
Not making your own cleaning supplies
While you can not make all of your favorite cleaning supplies some cleaners are actually more effective when homemade. Window cleaners can be expensive and leave streaks on your glass surfaces while a little vinegar can go a long way to having perfectly clean and shining glass right at home. Giving a few homemade or right from your pantry cleaners a try can be a great way to get better results and save money while cleaning your home.
Letting messes sit before cleaning them
While wiping away your cleaners too fast can lead to the waist so can not wipe up your messes fast enough. When you spill something make a point to clean up the spill as fast as you can. Most spills on clothing are best treated with cold water or blotting imminently to p[recent stains from setting in.
By cleaning up your messes right away stains have less time to set and can take less time and cleaning supplies to get the stains cleaned off. Should you fail on getting a stain cleaned before it sets you lose money on the damaged surfaces that need to be replaced ranging from clothing to carpets this can be a big cleaning mistake that costs you a lot of money.
Not using reusable options
One cleaning mistake people make that costs them money is not using reusable cleaning options. While disposable mop pads, dusters, paper towels, and dryer sheets are handy and make cleaning quick and easy they end up costing more than the time savings are worth. Instead, look to replace these disposable options with reusable options that can go right into your washing machine to make cleaning them a breeze.
The easier a reusable option is like swapping out your dryer sheets for dryer balls or grabbing a flour sack towel about of a basket instead of a roll of paper towel the more likely you are to actually stick to using your reusable options and the more money you will save over time.
Not spot testing before you clean
When using new cleaners or new materials such as countertops, flooring, and fabrics it is important to give everything a spot test. Testing how your materials react to your cleaners in an area that is not visible can protect your home from damage and keep you from having to pay to replace surfaces and fabrics you accidentally destroyed.
It may be time to rethink your cleaning strategy. Now that you know common mistakes that are costing you money, it is important not to make them again and take a more strategic approach to housekeeping.